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16/11/2003

Editor: Brian Gosling

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Welcome to this active site. Each week I am going to present to you an endgame position for you to solve or to workout the best continuation. Computer analysis will also be considered. Some of these positions will come from actual historical games. Others will be composed endgame studies, but all the solutions will be relevant to the practical game. The new position will occur each SUNDAY and I will always be pleased to receive POSITIVE feedback about the positions and the analysis and I will try to acknowledge these where relevant.

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THIS WEEK

POSITION 309 

Black to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION

:4r1k1/p5pp/1p6/2p1Nr2/2Pp1P2/1P2nR1P/P2R2P1/2K5 b - - 0 1:

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LAST WEEK, POSITION 308

Hugh Blandford, (1917-1981).

British Endgame Composer. Former British Chess Magazine Endgame studies' editor. By profession he was a metallurgist. He composed nearly a hundred studies. 

Blandford, 1968

White to play and WIN

FORSYTH NOTATION:2k1r3/8/2p2P2/2p1p3/8/4p3/R3P3/7K w - - 0 1:

White's winning chance relies on the advanced f-pawn so the first move is easy to find. The Rook goes to the 7th rank to lock the enemy King to the back rank and to give support to the advance of the pawn.

1.Ra7! Kd8

1...Kb8 2.Re7 Rh8+ 3.Kg2 Kc8 4.f7 Kd8 5.Ra7 Rf8 6.Kf3 c4 7.Kxe3 wins;

2.f7 Rf8

2...Rh8+ 3.Kg2 Rf8 4.Kf3 c4 5.Kxe3 wins;

3.Kg2 c4

3...e4 4.Kf1! c4 5.Ke1 c3 6.Kd1 c5 7.Kc2 wins;

4.Kf3 c3

5.Kxe3 e4!

5...c5? 6.Kd3! wins.

6.Rb7! ...

White starts a repetitive manoeuvre in order to force the Black pawns to advance. The pawns will fall one by one and then Black will run out of moves and fall foul of the Rook skewer on the back rank.

6... Kc8

6...c5 7.Ra7! c4 8.Rb7! Kc8 9.Re7 Kd8 10.Ra7! c2 11.Kd2 with a win.

7.Re7 Kd8

8.Ra7 c5

9.Rb7 Kc8

10.Re7 Kd8

11.Ra7 c4

12.Rb7 Kc8

13.Re7 Kd8

14.Ra7 c2

14...Kc8 15.Ra8+ wins;

15.Kd2 wins.

 Gens Una Sumus.
Jon Palmer wins in October.

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